Sunday, May 12, 2019

LILY MAY  COMPLETES IRISH-

WELSH OPEN TITLES' DOUBLE


 
England’s Lily May Humphreys pulled off a dream double today when she won the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship just seven days after securing the Welsh title.
 
The 17-year-old international was 10-under par after three rounds at Co Louth Golf Club and six shots clear of her closest challenger, Romy Meekers of The Netherlands.
 
Humphreys, from Stoke by Nayland in Essex, led from wire-to-wire after her opening score of seven-under 67. She added two-under 72 in the second round and finished off with today’s 73.
 
Windy conditions dictated the strategy for the closing round. Humphreys remarked: “The aim today was to try and just make my pars and take opportunities for birdies when they came – I knew the opportunities weren’t going to be many given the wind so it was about not giving shots away.
 
“I did a pretty good job of that on the front nine - I hit three greens and was only one over par so I was quite impressed with myself! I hit eight greens on the back nine which helped settle me and it was a lot less stressful coming in.”
 
This is the latest in a string of wins by the teenager, who made her Curtis Cup debut at the age of 16 and has previously held titles including the English Women’s Amateur, the Scottish Women’s Stroke Play and the British Girls’ Championship.
 
Her next challenge will be the 2019 English Women’s Amateur at Saunton – aiming to recapture the title she won in 2017. But her longer-term aim is to follow in the footsteps of Georgia Hall and Charley Hull on the LPGA Tour.
 
Humphreys said: “I’ve been home schooled and next year I have my A-levels. After that I’m hoping to turn professional and I want to go to LPGA Q-School, but I am going to go to LET Q-School this year to get the experience. Hopefully I’ll secure some LET invites then to get more experience and move me up a level so I am ready to turn then.”
 
Humphreys’ double win echoes that of Scotland’s Hannah McCook, who won both Irish and Welsh titles in 2018. She’s now playing on the Ladies European Tour’s Access Series.
 
 
 
 
LEADING FINAL TOTALS

212 L M Humphreys (England) 67 72 73
218 R Meekers (Netherlands) 72 72 74
219 H MacGarvie (Scotland) 71 71 77
220 S McWilliam (Scotland) 74 74 72

 
 

 
MEDIA RELEASE
 
Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship
Co. Louth Golf Club
10 – 12 May 2019
 
 
Dream Double for Lily May Humphreys at Co. Louth
 
 
12 May 2019
 
Photo attached only to be used in conjunction with this release. Mandatory credit to Pat Cashman Photography.
 
It was a case of history repeating itself today at Co. Louth Golf Club as Lily May Humphreys captured the Irish Women’s Open Stroke Play Championship just seven days after securing the Welsh Women’s Open Stroke Play at Royal St. David’s. Just 12 months ago the same feat was achieved by Hannah McCook (Scotland) who now competes on the Ladies European Access Tour.
 
Humphreys began the day with a three shot lead over Hazel MacGarvie (Scotland) and has her tee time approached, conditions determined the strategy for the day.
 
“The aim today was to try and just make my pars and take opportunities for birdies when they came – I knew the opportunities weren’t going to be many given the wind so it was about not giving shots away. I did a pretty good job of that on the front nine  - I hit three greens and was only one over par so I was quite impressed with myself! I hit eight greens on the back nine which helped settle me and it was a lot less stressful coming in.”
 
A one-under 73 final round was good for a six shot advantage over Romy Meekers (Netherlands) who finished runner-up for the second year in a row 
 
For Humphreys, the aim is to follow in the footsteps of Georgia Hall, Charley Hull and Lexi Thompson on the LPGA Tour.
 
“I’ve been home schooled and next year I have my A-levels. After that I’m hoping to turn Professional and I want to go to LPGA Q-School but I am going to go to LET Q-School this year to get the experience. H
"Hopefully I’ll secure some LET invites then to get more experience and move me up a level so I am ready to turn then.”
 
While conditions proved challenge for some, the best score of the day came from Aboyne's Shannon McWilliam who finished fourth overall with a final-round 72.
 
“I should have been at least four under today probably. I got to four at one point and dropped a couple coming in – I hit it to the front edge on 18 there and three putted for par as well which is frustrating but I’ll be happy with it later on, just now it’s annoying!”
 
Deirdre Smith attracted a large crowd of home support as she secured a fifth place finish.
 
“The support I’ve got from Baltray is always 100% and I’m very proud to be a member of this club and I hope they’re proud of me.”
 
Smith finishes best of the home players, however that is not why she continues to play the game.
 
It’s not a consideration to be honest, I don’t go out there thinking I want to finish best of the Irish or anything, I want to go out and play the best I can play and if it goes well then so be it. I’m still enjoying playing golf, I’m still enjoying being competitive and if I wasn’t enjoying it I wouldn’t be doing it.”
 
“At the end of the day I go out there because I enjoy myself, I’m not trying to prove anything, I’m not thinking about scores, I’m only thinking about enjoying it and I really enjoyed the challenge today to be honest.”
 
For Smith, a long amateur career continues to flourish despite, in her own words, “being around for 100 years!”.
 
“Just keep enjoying it, if you do that you’ll have longevity but if you’re putting pressure on yourself and you’re trying to score, that’s short term, because if you don’t meet those expectations you end up giving up. If you go out to enjoy yourself, focus on what the sport offers you, the friendships, the fun, the exercise, the fresh air and the courses – you’re a winner every time.”
 
 FINAL TOTALS
Par 74 CSS 77
212      L Humphreys  (England), 67, 72, 73
218      R Meekers (Netherlands), 72, 72, 74
219      H MacGarvie (Scotland), 71, 71, 77
220      S McWilliam (Scotland), 74, 74, 72
221      D Smith (Co. Louth), 75, 72, 74
222      E Brennan (England), 74, 73, 75; E Gower (England), 72, 75, 75
225      P Grant (Lisburn), 73, 77, 75; C Goadby (Scotland), 71, 75, 79
226      A Donegan (Lahinch), 79, 74, 73; C McGinty (England), 76, 73, 77; S Burke (Ballinrobe), 75, 74, 77; N Armbruester (Switzerland), 74, 74, 78
227      N Slater (England), 78, 74, 75; P Brown (England), 78, 71, 78; E Briggs (Scotland), 71, 76, 80
229      A Foster (Elm Park), 78, 73, 78; C Gainer (England), 77, 75, 77
230      S Byrne (Douglas), 75, 79, 76; A Muirhead (Scotland), 74, 78, 78
231      J O'Driscoll (Muskerry), 77, 79, 75; L McClymont (Scotland), 77, 78, 76; K O'Connor (Wales), 77, 77, 77; J Goh (Singapore), 74, 79, 78
232      E Lewis (England), 76, 76, 80; E Danielsson (Finland), 75, 77, 80
235      L Simpson (Massereene), 81, 74, 80; J Ryan (Wales), 77, 75, 83; L Mernagh (Elm Park), 76, 78, 81; C Coughlan (Douglas), 74, 82, 79
236      A Dawson (Tramore), 81, 80, 75; C Noja (Germany), 79, 76, 81; H Hall (Enniscrone), 78, 81, 77
237      L Jones (Wales), 84, 75, 78; M Fraser (Scotland), 80, 79, 78; O Purfield-Goulding (Co. Louth), 77, 83, 77
238      L Bramwell  (Wales), 77, 80, 81
239      G Shears (Australia), 81, 83, 75
240      E Corcoran (Grange), 79, 81, 80; B Rook (England), 78, 81, 81; E Murray (Co. Louth), 77, 79, 84
241      N Joyce Moreno (Royal Portrush), 83, 80, 78; R Thompson (Cork), 80, 75, 86
242      H Barker (England), 77, 79, 86
243      J Browne (Kilkenny), 82, 82, 79
244      L Temple  Lang (Elm Park), 74, 87, 83
245      I Simpson (England), 80, 82, 83
246      G Carr (Ireland), 83, 80, 83
249      M Vater (England), 81, 82, 86
253      C Shippam (Ballykisteen), 81, 81, 91
RTD    C Casey (Hermitage), 77, 83
MISSED CUT
M Doyle (The Heath), 83, 82; L Murray (Delgany), 82, 84; J Allen (Royal Portrush), 80, 86; E Thorne (Elm Park), 86, 83; A Greham (Ballina), 78, 91; E Fenlon (Grange), 85, 85; E Fleming (Elm Park), 84, 86; B O'Keeffe (England), 88, 83; A Sawyer (England), 89, 83; X Rama (Carton House), 89, 83; L Kelly (Ballykisteen), 87, 86; A Thompson (Cork), 87, 86; C Hopkins (Woodbrook), 87, 88; K Poots (Knock), 87, 89; C McGonagle (Portsalon), 87, 91
RTD    T Gordon (Laytown and Bettystown)

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